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The McLaren P1 Test. On Road and Track [Chris Harris On Cars]

Chris Harris drives the new $1.2 million McLaren P1 at the Yas Marina Grand Prix circuit in Abu Dhabi UAE. Before taking to the track at night, Chris Harris chats with Chris Goodwin, the Chief Test Driver for McLaren Automotive to discuss the technology of McLaren’s latest offering, perhaps the definition of the modern day hypercar.

Fair warning, the McLaren Chris Harris drives in this video is the XP7, the pre-production prototype for P1. The car has had a long life over the past 15 months, driving around the world and clocking over 40,000 hard miles.

Forza Motorsport 5: Announce Trailer

Forza Motorsport 5, from Turn 10 Studios, is the latest edition of the highest-rated racing franchise of the past 10 years. Forza Motorsport 5 sets a new bar for racing games. With the power of Xbox and the cloud, no game better delivers the sensation of being behind the wheel.

Available exclusively for launch.



McLaren Launches New Line of Products Inspired by the MP4-12C

Just before Christmas, the British carmaker released a new line inspired by its MP4-12C sports car seriesthat includes a variety of accessories, clothing and luggage with a price to match its name…

Before you begin to make your dream list, we’ll give a few examples of what you can and cannot afford to buy from McLaren’s MP4-12C catalogue.

One of the more affordable items found on the web-store is the men’s polo t-shirt which is set at £149 (equal to US$242 or €183).

The cool looking three-piece luggage set that is tailor made to fit in the compartment of the MP4-12C costs £3,950 (US$6,400 or €4,850), while the TAG Heuer MP4-12C Watch is listed at a paltry £8,950 (US$14,500 or €11,000).

(vía Carscoop;

2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider - First Drive Review [Car and Driver: Abroad]

Contributing Editor Basem Wasef gets behind the wheel of the 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider to see how it compares to its hardtop counterpart on the latest episode of Car and Driver: Abroad.

2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider

The 12C Spider features a standard, heated glass rear window, which can be operated independently of the roof and provides a more direct access to the sounds of the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine mounted directly behind the cabin.

In order to save weight, McLaren avoided the fitment of “Active” pop up roll bars and instead used a steel structure positioned within each of the rear buttresses to absorb any impact and protect occupants in the event of a roll over.

Wrapping up the changes over the coupe, the Spider is offered with two specially designed bags that fit in the 52-liter storage space behind the seats, while the audio and climate systems adapt when the roof is lowered down.

The Spider is powered by the same 616hp (625PS) 3.8-litre V8 twin turbocharged engine connected to a 7-Speed SSG dual-clutch transmission driving the rear wheels asthe updated 2013MY coupe.

The open top model weighs only 88 pounds (40 kg) more than its fixed-roof sibling and is capable of completing the standard zero to 100km/h (62mph) sprint in 3.1 seconds (same as the coupe, though it’s 0.2 seconds slower in the 0-160km/h – 100mph sprint) en route to a top speed of 209mph (329km/h).

In the UK, prices start at £195,500 or £19,500 more than the coupe, with first deliveries expected in November, while in the States, the Spider has an MSRP of $265,750.

(vía Carscoop)